Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.69/5 rDev +3.5%
A: A cloudy dark brown beer that looks super think as it pours and produces very little head. What head can be roused is made of fine expresso colored bubbles that leave a faint bit of lacing on the glass.
S: The smell is that of thick layers of malt and oak with the malt bring caramel, toffee, some bready notes and a moderate level chocolate while the moderately strong oak brings cinnamon and bourbon barrel character to the party. There are some fruit esters of raisins and a little orange. A floral, moderate alcohol sweetness noted.
T: The alcohol and malt dominate but are closely followed by the oak barrel notes and some chocolate flavors. The malt brings a medium sweetness with toffee character set against a medium-low hops bitterness giving a balance that is somewhat sweet. There are also coffee, raisin and light citrus flavors in there. The finish is sweet with a chocolate, oak and coffee aftertaste.
A full bodied beer with a moderately-low level of carbonation and a fair amount of warmth.
O: My first impression was if the beer taste half as good as it smells it's going to be pretty awesome and it is. Hovering somewhere in that land between Barleywine and stout the dark malt brings a nice chocolate character to the beer. It's a sweet beer but not enough to keep me from enjoying two in an sitting; the abv will do that for me.
12-10-2013 02:29:54 | More by MadScientist
4.81/5 rDev +6.2%
Bottle off the shelves of Gator Beverage. Didn’t think I had a chance to find it in stores after I missed Black Friday. Pours a dark murky brown with a ring of yellow brown head. Aroma of big chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, broen sugar, oak, some figs. Wow, maybe the best smelling of the style I have encountered. The stout influence is present with big chocolate notes up front. Flavor is a medley of chocolate covered figs up front with plenty of bourbon, but the booze is much more subdued than the stout. A second wave of flavor comes with a nutty vanilla caramel that coats the palate. Incredible lingering flavor. The booze is there and warming but this drinks pretty easy. Low carbonation with a very full body a bit short of viscous. Sweet but very balanced and not cloying at all. As I sip more, the fruit character begins to come out with nutty raisins and fig with a good bit of brown sugar and molasses. So glad I have a few more of these on the way! Lived up to my expectations. This would be perfect for my tastes if it had a bit more of the caramel and vanilla that hung around and less of the fruit character, but that is seriously nitpicking.
12-10-2013 00:40:59 | More by BMMillsy
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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